Syfy Greenlights Three New Reality Series 'Ghost Mine', 'Stranded' & 'Notorious Hauntings'

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November 28th, 2012

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NEW YORK – November 28, 2010 – Marking the significant expansion of its popular reality programming, Syfy today announced it is greenlighting three new series: Ghost Mine, Stranded and Notorious Hauntings. This slate builds upon Syfy’s popular paranormal reality programming block led by Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness and Haunted Collector.


In making the announcement, Mark Stern, President, Original Content for Syfy and Co-head, Original Content for Universal Cable Productions, said: “Each of these series takes a known and successful formula and turns it on its head. Whether it is eclectic gold miners in the midst of paranormal activity, paranormal enthusiasts self-documenting the most haunted locations in America, or investigators researching and examining history’s most notorious criminals and legends in the world’s most haunted locations, these shows celebrate imagination while further strengthening Syfy’s successful reality brand.”


GHOST MINE - Premieres Wednesday, January 16 at 10PM

Forgotten in the remote woods of Oregon is one of the richest gold mines in the United States that was abandoned 80 years ago when a series of tragedies gave it an infamous reputation for being haunted. Now, a new owner has decided to take on the notorious legend and reopen the mine, assembling a colorful team of miners – both seasoned and new – to battle the elements in hopes of finding their fortune and teaming them with a pair of experienced paranormal investigators.


In each of the six hour-long episodes, this strong-willed and historically superstitious group of miners will face the day-to-day challenges of mining, aided by the paranormal investigators who unravel the mysteries surrounding the mine, including historic Masonic connections and a spirit who has been known to haunt the area for generations.


Ghost Mine is produced by 51 Minds, an Endemol company, with Mark Cronin (Rock of Love with Bret Michaels), David Caplan and Jay Bluemke (Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy) serving as Executive Producers.


STRANDED - Premieres Wednesday, February 27 at 10PM

Ping Pong Productions (Destination Truth, Finding Bigfoot) joins forces with Josh Gates (star of Syfy’s travel-adventure series Destination Truth) and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, The River) to create Stranded, an all-new six-episode reality series that documents an unconventional – and terrifying – paranormal and psychological experiment. Each hour-long episode features the self-recorded footage of a diverse group of every-day paranormal enthusiasts - from newlyweds and a brother-in-law to a trio of roommates. Each team of three will be stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras.


The footage from the subjects’ cameras will be supplemented by strategically-placed security cameras at each location, creating a suspenseful, completely unscripted first-hand account of each group’s stay. Over the course of the confinement, the subjects contend with increasingly pervasive feelings of fear and desolation, resulting in an experiment that represents a unique combination of psychology and the paranormal.


Stranded is executive-produced by Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Josh Gates (who also serves as showrunner) for Ping Pong Productions and Jason Blum for Blumhouse (the production company behind the Paranormal Activity feature film franchise and movies like Insidious and Sinister). Gerard Bocaccio who heads up Blumhouse TV will be a consultant on the project.


NOTORIOUS HAUNTINGS (Working Title) – Premieres Spring 2013

Produced by Pilgrim Studios – the company behind Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, the most successful paranormal franchise on cable – Notorious Hauntings features a group of researchers who investigate reports of extreme and dangerous supernatural activity across the globe. In each of the six self-contained episodes, viewers will follow the investigators as they not only research the otherworldly activity at each site, but also explore the gruesome history of the infamous and heinous individuals, their crimes and victims, to determine if they are the cause of the present-day haunting. Through the gathering of evidence and the uncovering of little-known history, Notorious Hauntings will explore some of the world’s most enduring mysteries, including the case of Jack the Ripper in London and the legendary Dracula in Romania and Slovakia.


Notorious Hauntings is produced by Pilgrim Studios with Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols serving as Executive Producers.


Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


  • CC

    Wow, I hate this channel.

  • The Watcher

    What a bunch of crap.
    They should try producing some actual science fiction instead of this BS.

  • SpyTV

    What dreck. I’ll be pissed if they cancel Alphas and put on this crap. How is this “science” fiction?

  • Observer

    Oh God, why?!


    Ghost Mine? I’m With the Watcher.

  • Neil

    Ghost Mine sounds like a episode of Scooby-Doo!

  • Leoben Conoy

    lol @ how far Syfy has fallen

  • neatcheat

    wow, I’m so old, I remember syfy had scripted shows

  • cra

    Awful shows – nothing orginal or even basically intelligent.

  • coolioni

    This is pretty sorry that they actually have the nerve to call this stuff “popular reality programming “!

  • Tyler

    Enough with the F-ing ghost shows! God; what is the deal Syfy?

    What about that pirate series you promised us? Or the Houdini/Holmes detective drama series? Anything is better than more “reality!” You’re Syfy! Reality doesn’t even belong on your lineup, PERIOD.

    More stupid mind-numbing drivel! Why not throw in an animated series and musical comedy while your at it!?


  • Jimmy

    This is just a nice reminder why I haven’t had a desire to watch this network in over a year.

  • gizmo

    “Reality” shows are ridiculously cheap to produce, compared to scripted, directed, acted, edited programs requiring any quality. Since Syfy can no longer even spell its name properly, why should anyone expect it to maintain any semblance of quality, never mind even integrity?
    It once seemed that there was going to be a de-bunking show, but it never made it.
    I would love to see a sort of guerilla-theater, Yes-men crew who sneak around, and “punk” the various Ghost Suckers shows that reproduce like rabbits. Be bold, rather than meek, aggressively dismissive and abusive towards the (at best) naive, foolish folk who ramble through “Scary Places” armed with arrays of entirely inappropriate pseudo-high tech that beeps, blinks, flashes or winks randomly, and which is then edited to strengthen the illusion that there is some force behind such flimflam.
    Strip away the veneer of modern conveniences, and the vast majority are more superstitious, gullible, ignorant, and susceptible to manipulation as the most primitive people on the planet – more, because at least the primitive ones have a strong grounding in real physical experiences and skills.
    I don’t know why the current resurgence in the “paranormal” is so strong; certainly a human yearning for peace of mind, and understanding about what comes after death is as deep and ancient as conscious self-awareness. The cleverness and novelty of Blair Witch techniques can be appreciated as fictional device, without mistaking the same for factual reality. Why does noone seem to notice the main cameras in all these shows always point towards the players, and not at what they react to? Gasp, Yikes, Oh my Gosh, etc. then pan to reveal . . . uuuh, like, nothing? Referencing other ghost chasers’ dubious use of inappropriate gizmos as validation of your own use of the same gizmos, so others can then do the same thing in the future – what precisely are they claiming to document?

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